Captain T

U.S. Aliens

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U.S. Aliens kicks off with an industrial rock edged cover of the infamous Michael Jackson/USA for Africa's song "We Are the World," served up with creepy, otherworldy group vocals. Hardly the presentation the "Gloved One" had in mind, but on this strangely embellished conspiracy minded, rock album, this treatment actually works in its favor. For all its irreverent, paranoid Nine Inch Nails-Rob Zombie-like delivery, the compositions are earnestly realized and well performed. Captain T cranks out dense rock hooks on "America's Free" while screeching vocals call for the release of all the Area 51 aliens the government has under lock and key. "Aqua Blue," a love song from a paranoid secret agent on the lam in Las Vegas (or, maybe not in Las Vegas), is conversely gentler in its melody. This is certainly not your typical techno rock record, and with some '80s styled, power rock ballads, and heavy metal guitar riffs, augmented by synthesizer sounds that could have been supplied by E.T. himself, U.S. Aliens scores a surprising thumbs up as debut. But in the lexicon of the conspiracy theorists, trust no one. Judge for yourself, then deny everything.

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